Healthy Living Advice for your Dog - Is Their Food Actually FOOD?

Updated: May 18, 2020

It is now 2020, and the human population has more pets today than ever before. More is spent on pampered pets; costumes, beds, toys, carriers and really unnecessary items are a multi-billion dollar industry. Everything to make your pet look cool and cared for, yet the most astounding aspect of this is the lack of interest in what goes into your pet.

Rules have been changed over the years; domestic animals now must be microchipped and vaccinated to infinity just to be kenneled, sold or registered, with no thought to their actual health. But this is not about that issue, which is no different to this topic being raised in my other articles concerning the deliberate destruction of our health and liberties.

The healthy living movement has in general, overlooked putting the same attention into their animal friends. Even Christians see animals as some sub-standard possession that needs no special care. The mere fact that even veterinarians are usually meat and dairy eaters, shows such a disconnect between species, one has to wonder what "I love animals" means. Thankfully, there is an ethical animal health industry, albeit a very slow moving one.

So, what is in your dog's food?

Well, mostly waste. If you feed your dogs meat and fish products, they are usually the killing-room floor discards, not fit for human consumption (not that any of it is anyway but let's not go there). What makes up the dog logs and tinned food? Bonemeal, eyeballs, offal, skin, hair, feathers and blood (ie if you read your ingredients list 'by-product' is the euphemism) are a portion, offering little nutritional content. But meat makes up a small portion of the pet 'food'. GMO soy waste, GMO corn waste, GMO wheat and other grains like sorghum which are largely indigestible not only because our grains are no longer sprouted prior to drying, as in Biblical times, plant cellulose (great for bulking up the bowel but zero nutrients). Even pharmaceuticals such as pentobarbital which is the chief drug used in horse, cat and dog euthanasia.

What does this mean? One might believe someone has sabotaged pet food. Not so. The ugly truth is that horse, dog or even cat meat is found in pet food - even pets. The fact that there are actually laws in place banning food for pet or human consumption proves something is drastically wrong.

Have you not noticed something very strange about dog food?

Vegan dog food is vilified as cruel and insufficient to provde all your dog needs, yet pet foods have NOTHING resembling what a wild dog would eat. When did you last seek a dog chase down a fish, or cow, or lamb, or pig, or horse and eat it, bones, skin, offal, hair scales and all? We have domesticated them into eating species they would never eat, along with waste they would never eat - and along the way, helped them develop human disease.

And yes, this goes for 'quality' and 'veterinary grade' pet food as well. It really is all about money. And what of those cheap 'rawhide' type dog snacks you can buy in dollar stores and even pet shops? Thousands of dogs have died from kidney failure, after consuming dog treats laced with melamine, a glue-like plastic powdered filler also used in infant formula. Recalls may save lives but the truth is that most pet food is rubbish.

Most pet foods have high levels of pesticides, pharmaceuticals and irradiation.

So, what can you do? Well, a lot, actually, IF you want to make the effort. It need not cost a lot, but it does take time and energy. There are a very small number of (quite expensive) natural, organic and healthy pet food ranges out there. But have you considered making your own? If you still feed your pets meat I cannot help you but I can share vitally healthy vegan recipes which not only help your pets to thrive, but no other species will suffer so your pet can live. Yes, you can buy vegan pet food made commercially but sadly most of it is no better nutritionally at least, than the usual fare. V-Dog would be my favourite, however I am sure if you do your research (ie read labels) you may find something suitable and affordable.

There are MANY variations, but use these recipes as a general guideline and watch your dog's health and life turn around. These recipes provide an exponentially wider range of vital nutrients - usually deficient, or altogether missing from modern day dog food.

SOFT FOOD MIX (similar consistency to canned food)

This makes a LOT so you can adjust or just freeze into containers and defrost the evening before - we only give this one at night time feed. Try to use organic ingredients, or at the least, unsprayed and non GMO, With the vegetables, be sure to wipe them down but do not peel as the peels contain the bacteria needed to make B12 and other nutrients they would get in the wild.


1 cup each brown lentils, chickpeas, buckwheat, brown rice, dried green peas

1/2 cup each flaxseeds/linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds

1 cup each small dice sweet potatoes or pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, beetroot

6 small vegetable (onion-free - we use Massells 7s 'beef' flavoured) stock cubes OR 1/2 cup yeast spread (vegemite, marmite, promite, vegespread, etc - or soy sauce)

[Optional - 1 cup peanut butter (they LOVE it)]

Either 1 kilo bag of frozen mixed vegetables or a kilo of fresh diced vegetables of your choice